At the heart of my work I am a therapist, counsellor and kinesiologist, I work with what might be termed ‘the energetic self’. Complementary health is based on the flow of our subtle energy and is accessed by a range of techniques such as homeopathy, reiki, acupuncture etc. Kinesiology is the access point for me and a modality which excites me and amazes me every day.
When our subtle energy is balanced, we are healthy and happy and there are many aspects of life which can upset this balance. Our thoughts and beliefs play a big part in how well we feel. Our mental health is as important to our physical health as our physical wellbeing is to our feeling happy, at ease or content.
Kinesiology particularly lends itself to my work at this time in my career due to the ability to access the subtle energy and the subconscious mind. To lift the barrier to our unconscious intention which is often a negative motivation designed to keep us safe. With kinesiology it’s possible to transform the negative, away from motivation, to a positive, towards motivation and hence remove the stress to achieving your goal.
What is it?
The word kinesiology (pronounced kin-easy-ology) means the science of movement, the study of the mechanics and anatomy of human muscles. In other words, how our muscles move our bones. Our skeleton, formed by our bones, gives us our structure and our framework and our muscles, attached to our bones, give us our shape and our ability to move. Our muscles literally pull our bones to enable us to move, however, our muscles can only pull, they cannot push. It is physically impossible for a muscle to push a bone.
How does it work?
When I want to raise my forearm towards my body (as when doing a bicep curl with a weight), my bicep literally pulls my forearm up, when I want to put my arm back down again, my triceps (the muscle at the back of my upper arm) pulls my forearm down again. If both muscles are pulling (in kinesiology terms we call that state ‘switched on’) at the same time they would pull against each other. I would not be able to move my forearm. So when the bicep is switched on (pulling) the triceps have to switch off (yield). Muscles work in pairs generally and this is how we move around.
The ‘switching on’ and ‘switching off’ of muscles also happens in relation to stress – you will have seen a person under extreme stress unable to move – sort of rabbit in the headlights stance – and you will also probably have seen a person receiving bad news have to sit down because their legs have given way (even though they are still conscious and have not fainted). These are the two extremes of switched on and switched off muscles.
The in-between place, where the muscles are switching on and off in balance is the physiological response we can utilise with kinesiology. Kinesiology works by determining stress to the body via the subtle energy system. A ‘stress’ can be literal mental stress, i.e. thoughts; an emotional state; a state of mind; a belief; an emotional block etc. By incorporating the body’s energetic system and applying it to the physiological function described above, we can use this function to determine what is happening in the body and what is needed to balance the energy system against the stress.
What happens in a consultation?
After an initial discussion or a Discovery Session we will have identified what it is you want to achieve. This is an opportunity to speak freely about your worries and fears without fear of judgement. Through over twenty years of experience of working with kinesiology and being trained counsellor, I have developed a method of establishing the stress caused to the energy system when a stated goal is desired but the achievement to which is blocked. I have developed a protocol which can identify the sub-conscious fears or beliefs which hold you back and transform them.
I will use a ‘muscle test’ to determine what you need to make a change, improve a situation or overcome a block. This is a very gentle process and is not about strength. I am working with a subtle muscle response to give me information about the balance of your subtle energy system. I consider this work a privilege and believe it should be a considerate, respectful and gentle process. Any muscle in the body can be tested but generally, I use the arms and legs as indicators.
Whilst I am working with you I will give you information about what I am doing and the results I am getting. You will be able to ask me questions during the session and we will work together to determine what you need. It is an interactive process, you are involved at every stage.
Generally, we will use meridian energy, acupressure, flower essences and hands-on work to balance subtle energy and eliminate the fear or stress related to your goal or desire.
Will I be able to find out things you don’t want me to know?
No. Kinesiology is about accessing your subtle energy and sub-conscious to find solutions and strategies so that you can heal, embrace changes and move forward. You will only show me the things that are a priority for you right now and those things you are willing to deal with or share with me. I know this sounds a little weird but I have learned this from my years of working with clients.
I had been working with someone for a number of years when she came for a session. During the session, she revealed to me that she had experienced a great trauma when she was very young. She was ready to share this with me because I had built trust with her over the years. She was ready to deal with the event and move on in her life. She could only do that with me because we had built that relationship and she felt safe. Kinesiology is respectful of your boundaries at every level.
Is there anything which kinesiology cannot help?
I am hesitant to say ‘no’ to this question because I am always wary of anything which claims to be a panacea. In theory, it should be possible to help with anything the client presents but in reality, kinesiology is a tool and any tool is only as good as the person using it. There are good practitioners as well as bad ones and the limitations, therefore, stem from that. Practitioners usually have a particular interest, their own experience or a particular skill in certain areas.
My experience of receiving kinesiology for myself has been that it gives me a better understanding of myself, insights to my behaviour, my strengths and confidence in how to move forward with what I want to do or how I want to be.
Will other treatments or medicine be affected by the treatment?
No, the treatment complements rather than hinders any other treatment, medicine or therapy you may be undertaking. It works with your body’s natural healing energy. As explained above, with the muscle test we are asking your body what you need. You will not ask for anything which will harm you. Obviously, my skill at muscle testing is a determining factor here and where medicines are concerned I always recommend that the GP is informed and consulted. It is always better to err on the side of caution if there is any concern.
What are some of the specific benefits of the treatment?
The treatment balances the energy system and reduces stress in the body. Generally, when we are balanced we feel clearer, have more energy and are more able to achieve our goals in life.
Once we have established what is holding you back we will determine what you need to move forward, strengthening your courage, building your confidence and supporting you to make the changes you need to make in order to achieve what you want to achieve and to perform better.